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February 04, 2005

Bukvich Snared

Texas claimed pitcher RYAN BUKVICH off waivers from San Diego.

Until his 2002 call-up in Kansas City, Bukvich offered a Nolan Ryan-like performance; in 148 relief innings, all in relief, he put forth a 1.28 ERA and (on a per-nine-inning basis) a miserly 5.2 hits, a whopping 11.7 strikeouts... and a grisly 4.6 walks. At a higher level of competition, he seems to have become a random vector generator, walking 6.4 per nine innings while hitters have caught up to his fastball to an extent. In the Majors, Bukvich has 35 strikeouts and 35 walks in 42 innings.

Bukvich reminds of the Chris Rock routine. Rock talks about not wanting to end up the old guy at the club. "He's not old, just a little too old to be in a club." That's Bukvich, who turns 27 in May. He's not old, just a little too old to be a prospect.

The arrival of Bukvich and Astacio gives Texas a full 40-man roster for the moment. With the likely promotion of Greg Colbrunn and a yet-to-be-determined middle infielder, the Rangers have more shuffling to do.

Posted by Lucas at February 4, 2005 06:47 PM